Top Gear ratings fall in the US
The first episode of Chris Evans’ new Top Gear has failed to attract the same number of US viewers as the show under his predecessor, Jeremy Clarkson.
The first episode, which premiered last Friday June 3 in the US on BBC America, was watched by 388,000 viewers. This was down from the 530,000 viewers who watched the premiere of series 22, the last series to feature the presenting trio of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.
The BBC were quick to point that Top Gear had some serious competition on its Friday premiere. One BBC spokesperson said: “Premiere night was an incredibly competitive evening in the US with programmes that attracted a heavily male-skewing audience, which overlaps greatly with the BBC America audience.”
Notably, the June 3 launch date coincided with the NBA Western Conference finals and the Stanley Cup in ice hockey. It is believed these male-skewed audiences may have impacted Top Gear‘s figures in the States.
In the UK, Top Gear launched with 4.4 million overnight viewers, a small drop from the first episode of season 22 with 4.7 million. However, ratings then plummeted to 2.8 million for the second episode of Evans’ tenure – Top Gear‘s lowest figures in a decade.